The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 11, 2022 (NIV)

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14

The words of Nehemiah(A) son of Hacaliah:

News from Jerusalem

During the month of Chislev(B) in the twentieth year,(C) when I was in the fortress city of Susa,(D) Hanani,(E) one of my brothers, arrived with men from Judah, and I questioned them about Jerusalem and the Jewish remnant(F) that had survived the exile.(G) They said to me, “The remnant in the province,(H) who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned.”(I)

Nehemiah’s Prayer

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying(J) before the God of the heavens.(K) I said,(L)

Lord, the God of the heavens, the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps his gracious covenant with those who love him(M) and keep his commands,(N) let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive(O) to hear your servant’s prayer that I now pray to you day and night(P) for your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins[a] we have committed against you. Both I and my father’s family have sinned.(Q) We have acted corruptly toward you and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances you gave your servant Moses.(R) Please remember what you commanded your servant Moses: “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples.(S) But if you return to me and carefully observe my commands, even though your exiles were banished to the farthest horizon,[b] I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I chose to have my name dwell.”(T) 10 They are your servants and your people. You redeemed them by your great power and strong hand.(U) 11 Please, Lord, let your ear be attentive(V) to the prayer of your servant and to that of your servants who delight to revere your name. Give your servant success today,(W) and grant him compassion in the presence of this man.[c](X)

At the time, I was the king’s cupbearer.(Y)

Nehemiah Sent to Jerusalem

During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,(Z) when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad in his presence, so the king said to me, “Why do you look so sad,(AA) when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.”(AB)

I was overwhelmed with fear and replied to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should I[d] not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” (AC)

Then the king asked me, “What is your request?”

So I prayed to the God of the heavens(AD) and answered the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried,[e](AE) so that I may rebuild it.”(AF)

The king, with the queen seated beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you return?” So I gave him a definite time,(AG) and it pleased the king to send me.

I also said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let me have letters written to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates River,(AH) so that they will grant me safe passage until I reach Judah.(AI) And let me have a letter written to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me timber to rebuild the gates of the temple’s fortress,(AJ) the city wall, and the home where I will live.”[f](AK) The king granted my requests, for the gracious hand of my God was on me.(AL)

I went to the governors of the region west of the Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters.(AM) The king had also sent officers of the infantry and cavalry with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite(AN) and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard that someone had come to pursue the prosperity of the Israelites, they were greatly displeased.(AO)

Preparing to Rebuild the Walls

11 After I arrived in Jerusalem and had been there three days,(AP) 12 I got up at night and took a few men with me. I didn’t tell anyone what my God had laid on my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took[g] was the one I was riding. 13 I went out at night through the Valley Gate toward the Serpent’s[h] Well and the Dung Gate,(AQ) and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.(AR) 14 I went on to the Fountain Gate(AS) and the King’s Pool,(AT) but farther down it became too narrow for my animal to go through. 15 So I went up at night by way of the valley and inspected the wall. Then heading back, I entered through the Valley Gate(AU) and returned. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, for I had not yet told the Jews, priests, nobles, officials, or the rest of those who would be doing the work. 17 So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned.(AV) Come, let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall,(AW) so that we will no longer be a disgrace.” 18 I told them how the gracious hand of my God had been on me,(AX) and what the king had said to me.

They said, “Let’s start rebuilding,” and their hands were strengthened[i] to do this good work.

19 When Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official,(AY) and Geshem the Arab(AZ) heard about this, they mocked and despised us, and said, “What is this you’re doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”

20 I gave them this reply, “The God of the heavens is the one who will grant us success. We, his servants, will start building, but you have no share, right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”(BA)

Rebuilding the Walls

The high priest Eliashib(BB) and his fellow priests began rebuilding the Sheep Gate.(BC) They dedicated it and installed its doors. After building the wall to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel,(BD) they dedicated it. The men of Jericho(BE) built next to Eliashib,(BF) and next to them Zaccur son of Imri built.

Fish Gate

The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate.(BG) They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.(BH) Next to them Meremoth(BI) son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz, made repairs. Beside them Meshullam(BJ) son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok son of Baana made repairs. Beside them the Tekoites(BK) made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help[j] their supervisors.

Old Gate, Broad Wall, and Tower of the Ovens

Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah repaired the Old[k] Gate.(BL) They built it with beams and installed its doors, bolts, and bars. Next to them the repairs were done by Melatiah the Gibeonite, Jadon the Meronothite, and the men of Gibeon(BM) and Mizpah, who were under the authority[l](BN) of the governor(BO) of the region west of the Euphrates River.(BP) After him Uzziel son of Harhaiah, the goldsmith,(BQ) made repairs, and next to him Hananiah son of the perfumer made repairs. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.(BR)

Next to them Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs. 10 After them Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs across from his house.(BS) Next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs. 11 Malchijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-moab made repairs to another section, as well as to the Tower of the Ovens.(BT) 12 Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs—he and his daughters.

Valley Gate, Dung Gate, and Fountain Gate

13 Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars, and repaired five hundred yards[m] of the wall to the Dung Gate.(BU) 14 Malchijah son of Rechab, ruler of the district of Beth-haccherem,(BV) repaired the Dung Gate.(BW) He rebuilt it and installed its doors, bolts, and bars.


  1. 1:6 Lit sins of the Israelites
  2. 1:9 Lit skies
  3. 1:11 = the king
  4. 2:3 Lit my face
  5. 2:5 Lit city, the house of the graves of my fathers,
  6. 2:8 Lit enter
  7. 2:12 Lit animal with me
  8. 2:13 Or Dragon’s
  9. 2:18 Lit they put their hands
  10. 3:5 Lit not bring their neck to the work of
  11. 3:6 Or Jeshanah
  12. 3:7 Or Mizpah, the seat
  13. 3:13 Lit 1,000 cubits

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Neh 10:1
  2. 1:1 : Zch 7:1
  3. 1:1 : Ezr 7:1,8; Neh 2:1
  4. 1:1 : Est 1:2; Dn 8:2
  5. 1:2 : Neh 7:2
  6. 1:2 : Ezr 9:8,15; Is 10:20–22
  7. 1:2 : Ezr 1:11
  8. 1:3 : Ezr 2:1; Neh 11:3
  9. 1:3 : Ezr 4:12–13,16; Neh 2:13
  10. 1:4 : Ezr 9:3; 10:1; Ps 35:13; Dn 9:3; Lk 2:37; Ac 13:3
  11. 1:4 : Ezr 1:2; Neh 2:4
  12. 1:5–11 : Dn 9:4–19
  13. 1:5 : Dt 6:5; 7:9–11; Rm 8:28
  14. 1:5 : Dn 9:4
  15. 1:6 : 2Ch 6:40
  16. 1:6 : Ps 88:1–2; 2Tm 1:3
  17. 1:6 : Dn 9:5,8,20
  18. 1:7 : 2Ch 29:6; Dn 9:5–6,11
  19. 1:8 : Dt 4:25–27; 28:64; Dn 9:7
  20. 1:9 : Dt 30:1–5
  21. 1:10 : Dt 9:29; Dn 9:15
  22. 1:11 : 2Ch 6:40
  23. 1:11 : Gn 24:12
  24. 1:11 : Neh 2:1
  25. 1:11 : Gn 40:20
  26. 2:1 : Ezr 7:1,8; Neh 1:1
  27. 2:2 : Gn 40:7
  28. 2:1–2 : Pr 15:13
  29. 2:3 : Ezr 4:12,21; Neh 1:3
  30. 2:4 : Neh 1:4
  31. 2:5 : Neh 1:3
  32. 2:5 : Ezr 4:21; Dn 9:18
  33. 2:6 : Neh 13:6
  34. 2:7 : Ezr 4:8–9; 8:36
  35. 2:7 : Ezr 8:22
  36. 2:8 : Neh 7:2
  37. 2:8 : Ezr 3:7
  38. 2:8 : Ezr 7:6; Neh 2:18
  39. 2:9 : Ezr 8:36
  40. 2:10 : Jos 16:3,5; 18:13
  41. 2:10 : Neh 4:7
  42. 2:11 : Ezr 8:32
  43. 2:13 : Neh 3:13
  44. 2:13 : Ezr 4:12; Neh 1:3
  45. 2:14 : Neh 3:15; 12:37
  46. 2:14 : 2Kg 18:17; 20:20
  47. 2:15 : Neh 3:13
  48. 2:17 : Ezr 4:12; Neh 1:3; 2:3
  49. 2:17 : Neh 2:5
  50. 2:18 : Ezr 7:9; Neh 2:8
  51. 2:19 : Neh 4:7
  52. 2:19 : Neh 6:1,6
  53. 2:19–20 : Ezr 4:3–4
  54. 3:1 : Neh 12:10; 13:4,7,28
  55. 3:1 : Neh 3:32; 12:39; Jn 5:2
  56. 3:1 : Neh 12:39; Zch 14:10
  57. 3:2 : Ezr 2:34; Neh 7:36
  58. 3:2 : Neh 12:10
  59. 3:3 : Neh 12:39; Zph 1:10
  60. 3:3 : Neh 6:1; 7:1
  61. 3:4 : Ezr 8:33
  62. 3:4 : Ezr 10:15; Neh 3:30; 6:17–18
  63. 3:5 : Neh 3:27; Am 1:1
  64. 3:6 : Neh 12:39
  65. 3:7 : Jos 9:3
  66. 3:7 : 2Kg 25:23; Jr 40:5–12
  67. 3:7 : Neh 2:7–8; 5:14
  68. 3:7 : Neh 2:7,9
  69. 3:8 : Neh 3:31,32
  70. 3:8 : 2Ch 32:5; Neh 12:38
  71. 3:10 : Neh 3:23,28
  72. 3:11 : 2Ch 26:9; Neh 12:38
  73. 3:13 : Neh 2:13
  74. 3:14 : Jr 6:1
  75. 3:14 : Neh 2:13
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1 Corinthians 7:1-24

Principles of Marriage

Now in response to the matters you wrote[a] about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”[b] But because sexual immorality is so common,[c](A) each man should have sexual relations with his own wife,(B) and each woman should have sexual relations with her own husband. A husband should fulfill his marital duty(C) to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. A wife does not have the right over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband does not have the right over his own body, but his wife does. Do not deprive(D) one another—except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to[d] prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all people were as I am. But each has his own gift(E) from God, one person has this gift, another has that.

A Word to the Unmarried

I say to the unmarried[e] and to widows:(F) It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control,(G) they should marry, since it is better to marry(H) than to burn with desire.

About Married People

10 To the married I give this command(I)—not I, but the Lord—a wife is not to leave[f] her husband. 11 But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband—and a husband is not to divorce his wife.(J) 12 But I (not the Lord) say to the rest: If any brother(K) has an unbelieving wife and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy(L) by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy by the husband.[g] Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave. A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called you[h] to live in peace. 16 Wife, for all you know, you might save your husband. Husband, for all you know, you might save your wife.[i]

Various Situations of Life

17 Let each one live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called(M) him.[j] This is what I command in all the churches. 18 Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. 19 Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter. Keeping God’s commands is what matters. 20 Let each of you remain in the situation[k] in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Don’t let it concern you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity.[l] 22 For he who is called by the Lord as a slave(N) is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called as a free man is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought(O) at a price; do not become slaves of people. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person is to remain with God in the situation in which he was called.


  1. 7:1 Other mss add to me
  2. 7:1 Or “It is good for a man not to use a woman for sex”; lit “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”
  3. 7:2 Lit because of immoralities
  4. 7:5 Other mss add fasting and to
  5. 7:8 Or widowers
  6. 7:10 Or separate from, or divorce
  7. 7:14 Lit the brother
  8. 7:15 Other mss read us
  9. 7:16 Or Wife, how do you know that you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know that you will save your wife?
  10. 7:17 Lit called each
  11. 7:20 Lit in the calling
  12. 7:21 Or But even though you can become free, make the most of your position as a slave
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Psalm 31:19-24

19 How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you.
In the presence of everyone[a] you have acted
for those who take refuge in you.(A)
20 You hide them in the protection of your presence;(B)
you conceal them in a shelter
from human schemes,
from quarrelsome tongues.(C)
21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his faithful love to me
in a city under siege.(D)
22 In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight.”(E)
But you heard the sound of my pleading
when I cried to you for help.(F)

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful ones.(G)
The Lord protects the loyal,
but fully repays the arrogant.(H)
24 Be strong, and let your heart be courageous,(I)
all you who put your hope in the Lord.(J)


  1. 31:19 Or of the descendants of Adam
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Proverbs 21:4

The lamp that guides the wicked—
haughty eyes and an arrogant heart(A)—is sin.

Cross references:

  1. 21:4 : Ps 101:5; Pr 6:16–17; 30:13
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